Below is a list of resources for women business owners, and women in business. We welcome input and suggestions to our Resources Page. Please email[email protected] with your suggestion!
NAWBO maintains a content-rich library of indispensable resources and referrals that expand member reach and promote member success.
The Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) is a source of free and confidential small business advice for entrepreneurs. The mission of SCORE is to grow successful small businesses across America, one business at a time.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is an independent agency of the federal government that aids, counsels, assists and protects the interests of small business.
The Iowa SBDC’s 15 regional business assistance centers serve all 99 counties in Iowa and provide practical, hands-on assistance to all types of businesses, from start-ups to 500 employee firms. Free, confidential, customized business counseling is provided on specific business needs and includes business planning and modeling, cash flow projections, market research services, loan proposal assistance and business growth strategies. Affordable training classes and workshops address key topics for business owners focused on learning skills and growing their businesses.
IASourceLink is where business begins in Iowa for a start up or a small business that is expanding or relocating. IASourceLink is Iowa's online clearinghouse of statewide information that quickly connects entrepreneurs and small businesses to the most comprehensive and current network of over 300 resource providers located across Iowa.
The Iowa Department of Economic Development launched the Iowa Small Business Assistance Gateway as a resource aimed at helping small businesses find the assistance needed to start, manage and grow their business. The Iowa Small Business Assistance Gateway offers technical and financial assistance, licensing and permitting requirements along with new articles and upcoming events.
The Targeted Small Business program of the Iowa Department of Economic Development is designed to help women, minorities and the disabled overcome some of the major hurdles of starting or growing a small business in Iowa. Since its inception more than two decades ago, the TSB program has issued hundreds of loans totaling millions of dollars to Iowa small business owners. The program also provides early access to state agency procurement listings, free one-on-one technical assistance and listing in the TSB online directory.
This national nonpartisan public policy organization, Women Impacting Public Policy, advocates for and on behalf of women-owned businesses in the legislative process of our nation. WIPP creates economic opportunities and builds bridges and alliances to other business organizations. Through WIPP, the collective voice of women makes a powerful impact on Capitol Hill and with the Administration.
Share in the mission to achieve political equality for Iowa women by 2020, the 100th anniversary of Woman Suffrage in our nation. Goal: elect females to fill 50% of the Iowa Legislature, the Iowa delegation of the U.S. Congress and the office of the governor.
Identify your state legislators so that you can communicate your views and hear about their activities. Subscribe to their e-newsletters, attend their gatherings in your community and let them get to know you.
StartupIowa, part of the Startup America Partnership, is a resource for Iowa entrepreneurs that focuses on helping startups grow and create jobs and value within the state. It does not create any new organizations or programs, but highlights the wealth of existing programs and organizations that focus on startup success. A calendar of business events around the state, divided into regions, is found on this site.
Business Incubator Networking Group in West Des Moines Iowa is helping startups and small business owners connect weekly with helpful like-minded people to start or grow your business.